2014 Ramey, "Claret" Cabernet Blend, Napa Valley


Press and Tasting Notes

Bordeaux-like in its subtlety and restraint, yet rich, flavorful, full-bodied and expansive, with a mix of cedar, currant, cigar box, tar and mineral. Firm and focused, its elegance and refinement are impressive. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by a velvety textured, plush, round, generous wine with lots of texture and fruit. This high qua ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick

Featured September 22, 2008


As the days grow shorter and the nights colder, my desire for hearty meals and fuller bodied wines starts to intensify. For me, a hearty meal means a grilled dry aged steak with caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms and spinach. And what better way to enjoy such a meal than to pair it with a delicious Bordeaux or California Cabernet - which is exactly what I did two nights ago.
    As I stood in my wine cellar planning the wine selection that evening, I noticed an old favorite that marries the best of both regions, the 2005 Ramey Wine Cellars, "Claret." Clarets are red wines of Bordeaux or red wines of similar varietal composition made in regions other than Bordeaux - in this case, Napa Valley. Ramey's Claret is a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot.
    If Ramey "Claret" were from Bordeaux it would easily be three times the price. The wine exhibits delicious blackberry, licorice and menthol on the nose. Sweet, dense and rich, with a silky texture with chocolate and dark berry fruit. Hints of coffee and spice give way to voluptuous flavors of ripe plum and intense blackberry. Subtle wood vanillin gives the wine lovely complexity which is supported by smooth integrated tannins. The wine has the sophistication of Bordeaux, but has lush fruit reminiscent of California. Enjoy over the next five years and pair with your choice of hearty meat dishes. Read More »



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